Continuing the family history reaearch of
Dr. Ezra Clayton Saylor
(1881 - 1954)

1922 1923 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008


Saturday JULY 12, 2008
Learned Since Last Year


This is my tenth edition of “Learned”.
In 1999, I reported 16, 800 family members in my computer database. That number is now at 24, 900.

Last year I mentioned the work compiled by H. Barney Sayler. I am now working to copy all of his letters and his extraordinary notebook loaned to me by his family. It is a much bigger project than I expected; but, the material is extremely interesting.
Are we related? Apparently no.
H. B. Sayler’s family does not share matching Y-DNA based upon a test submitted by a descendant that can trace his ancestry to the second of the “Two Jacobs”.
H. B. Sayler’s family traces their line to what I call the “second” of the Two Jacobs and is shown by the testing reported in Group 4. The Y-DNA test for my SAYLOR line is reported in Group 1 and should be the DNA for what I call the "first" of the Two Jacobs.

The name “Stewart” in our branch of the tree begins with Stewart Cleveland Saylor (JAN 1890 – 1938).  I’m not aware of the source for it’s use. Any ideas?
Hilary Keith Schroder and Cathy (Thorn) Schroder found my web site and told me about another Stewart Saylor (JAN 1848 – 1936) in their family. Their Stewart was also born in PA. He was a Private in the 184th Reg. PA Infantry and captured 22 JUN 1864 and imprisoned at Andersonville until 01 APR 1865. In the 1920 census for
Huntingdon County, PA Stewart is listed as a retired Railroad engineer. We do not have a paper trail connecting the two families. DNA testing will tell if we are related. I was born JAN 1946, apparently a good month.


If you are in my generation, you will have fond memories of visiting Mom Saylor in Berlin almost every Sunday afternoon. Those visits usually included at trip to Smith’s Store for some candy or ice cream. That’s the same store that uncle Elbert later purchased from Herbert Smith. What you may not know is that Herbert Smith’s grandmother was Elizabeth (Saylor) Smith. Elizabeth was a first cousin of our Stewart Cleveland Saylor so Elbert Saylor and Herbert Smith were second cousins once removed. Elizabeth and her husband Harvey Smith owned the farmhouse that I currently own in Northampton Township. Herbert’s son, Paul, is married to Dorothy (Suhrie) Smith. Dorothy is currently visiting my mother, Dorothy, twice a week to make her days pleasant and her spirits high. Dorothy Smith’s son Jeffery worked with my brother, Chris, at Rigg’s Industries. Chris Saylor and Jeffery Smith are third cousins twice removed.



If you are planning a trip to Washington, DC, I have two additional stops for your visit.
First, is President Lincoln’s Cottage (see: The Cottage was recently restored and pictured above. The story of Lincoln at the Cottage is well told in two books, Lincoln’s Sanctuary by Matthew Pinsker and Lincoln’s Other White House by Elizabeth Smith Brownstein. From the online Cottage fact sheet, “The first designated National Cemetery is adjacent to the Soldier’s Home and was in Lincoln’s clear view. More than 5,000 were buried there during the Civil War. It was after this cemetery reached capacity that Arlington National Cemetery was established.”
Second, is the first designated National Cemetery, now the US Soldier’s and Airemen’s Home National Cemetery, mentioned above as adjacent to the Cottage and located at 21 Harwood Road, NW. Here you will want to find the headstone of Peter Saylor, my great-great grandfather, located in Section G, # 4156, pictured below. Peter Saylor was Elizabeth (Saylor) Smith’s grandfather and also the grandfather of Stewart Cleveland Saylor. Peter enlisted 25 OCT 1862 in the 161st Volunteer Regiment, 16th PA Cavalry and died of Tuberculosis 5 NOV 1863.



PLACE: Berlin Community Grove, Berlin, PA
            (a great place for the kids to play)
DATE: Saturday July 12, 2008
TIME: NOON until ????
COST: $10 adults $5 children
(includes catered meal, soft drinks and
home-made ice cream)
REGISTRATION REQUIRED before: June 28, 2008
Because so many of you are traveling and no longer have a place to prepare those great covered dishes locally, we started to use a catering service.
WHAT TO BRING: Optional favorite desert
ADDITIONAL REQUEST: email your favorite group picture of your family, your parents and siblings, grandparents and siblings to [email protected]
PLANNING FOR NEXT YEAR: Goal is to continue to expand for a 2022 Anniversary Reunion. Suggestions will be discussed at the 2008 Reunion.

John R. Saylor SC 2
Rick Saylor PA 1
Peggy (Sayler) Davis PA 1
Dorothy Saylor PA 1
Mike & Kim Saylor PA 4
Reon & Sheron Engleka PA 2
Paul & Shelly Trulick PA 6
Dottie & Dave McCartney PA 2
Richard & Janice Saylor NJ 2
Clair Saylor PA 2
Rose Saylor & Dorothy Dilling PA 2
Paul & Dorothy Smith PA 2
Jeff & Teresa Smith PA 4

Last updated 01 JUL 2008